Oral & Maxillofacial Procedures

Bone Grafting

Bone grafting is a surgical procedure that is performed to build up bone after an extraction, to accommodate a dental implant or repair a boney defect prior to a restorative procedure. Bone grafting is a common procedure that is used frequently for dental implants and other periodontal procedures. The bone used to graft a site either taken from the patient or is obtained from a bone bank.

Bone Grafting Includes

Extraction Site Preservation
Sinus Augmentation
Ridge Augmentation

Pre-Prosthetic Surgery

When preparing for the replacement of teeth with a prosthesis, it is often necessary to smooth and sculpt the bone and tissues in addition to extracting teeth. In some instances, long term denture wearers will experience that as the boney support changes, it is necessary to smooth and reshape the bone and soft tissues for maximum support and comfort. This will allow us to provide you with a more natural and comfortable prosthesis. With alveloplasty, the sharp bone left after extraction is smoothed or removed. Excess soft tissue that would otherwise make a denture or partial unstable, can be removed to provide for a firm stable foundation.

It is important that the denture/partial denture wearer have routine visits with us to insure of a continued proper fit of the prosthesis. Improper fitting dentures can accelerate bone loss and tissue changes that make wearing the prosthesis difficult. If you are experiencing difficulty with your removable denture or partial, contact our office and schedule a consultation to see what options are available for you.


What Is A Frenulum And Why Do I Need a Frenectomy?

A frenulum is a piece of tissue that encases a muscle segment and restricts movement. There is a frenulum that attaches your upper lip to the gums, while another connects the lower lip to the gums. If the frenulum that attaches your tongue to the floor of the mouth is to short you will be “Tongue Tied”. A frenulum that is too short or thick, will cause problems in speech patterns and tooth misalignment. In infants, a shortened frenulum underneath the tongue will inhibit breastfeeding. Sometimes, a strong frenulum can cause gum recession. When the frenulum disrupts movement, growth, or development, corrective action is necessary to resolve the situation.

What Is A Frenectomy?

A frenectomy is a minor surgical procedure that is performed in our office. It can be performed with either a scalpel or laser and usually takes less than 15 minutes. Young children, infants and adults can have the procedure performed using local anesthesia. One or two sutures are placed and the patient returns in 7-10 days for a post-operative check and suture removal.


A biopsy is nothing more than the partial or total removal of a soft or hard tissue sample. This sample is sent to an oral pathologist for evaluation. The pathologist will send a report describing the types of tissue found and any necessary actions needed. Most time the lesion is of no concern or benign, usually the result of trauma. In the case of cancer, the patient will be referred to a specialist.

If you have unexplained lesions that has changed in the past 10-14 days or a sore that has not gone away in the past 10 -14 days; you should have it examined and possibly biopsied for peace of mind.